Thursday, December 20, 2007

Christmas Cinnamon Rolls (Sweet Rolls)

Sweet Roll Dough
3-4 c flour (I use 1 c wheat, 2-3 c white)
1 pkg (1 T) yeast
1 c milk
1/3 c sugar
1/3 c margarine or butter
1/2 t salt
2 eggs

1. Combine 2 cups flour (use wheat flour in this step) and yeast (follow pkg directions on yeast - may have to activate yeast in warm water).

2. Combine milk, sugar, margarine, and salt in a saucepan. Heat until warm (120 to 130 degrees which is warm to the touch. Do no want it hot or it will kill yeast).

3. Add warm milk mixture to the flour mixture, along with the eggs. Beat with an electric mixture on low speed 30 seconds scraping the bowl.

4. Beat on high speed 3 minutes.

5. Using a spoon, stir in as much of the remaining flour as needed to keep the dough sticky and yet kneadable.

6. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough of the remainig lour to make a moderately sot dough that is smooth and elastic. (This will take about 5 minutes.)

7. Place in a lightly greased bowl, turn once. Cover, let rise in a warm place til double until double (about 1 hour).

8. Punch dough down. cover and let rest 10 minutes. Mean while prepare cinnamon roll mix

Cinnamon Roll Mix
1/3 c margarine
1/2 c sugar
2 t cinnamon
3/4 c raisins (optional)

Melt margarine, and combine sugar and cinnamon.

9. Roll the dough into a 24x8 rectangle. Brush. the margarine over he dough. Sprinkle the cinnamon mixture over the dough. (Sometimes I don't use all the margarine or cinnamon mixture).

10. Sprinkle raisins evenly, if desired. Roll the dough from the 8-inch side, so that the cinnamon rolls are large. Place 4 rolls in a greased square 8-inch pan. Cover a let rise till nearly double (abou 30 minutes.

11. Bake in a 350 degree oven or 20 to 25 minutes. Cool sightly and drizzel with Powdered Sugar Icing and decorate with red and green marachino cherries, if desired.

Powdered Sugar Icing
1/3 c butter or margarine, melted
4 1/2 c powdered sugar
1/4 c milk
1 1/2 t vanilla

Add margarine and 2 c powdered sugar into a bowl, mix well. Slow add milk and vanilla. Slowly beat in remaining sugar. Add extra sugar or milk to make desired consistency.

Spread onto rolls. Just before serving decorate with marachino cherries to make it look like a berries with 2 little green leaves